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6 Concerns About Kids and Technology: What the Research Shows (Podcast)

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Kids these days are really wrapped up in social media. Ninety percent of young people have access to a mobile phone; on average, kids send upwards of 60 texts a day. Parents don’t always understand technology, so understandably, they have concerns.


Education: Lessons from London (Policy 360 Podcast)

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Since the late 1990s, the academic performance of many students in London has risen dramatically – so much so, it now exceeds national averages. The improvement is due largely to big gains in the 13 districts of Inner London – places with the greatest concentrations of low-income and minority students. Sanford professor Helen “Sunny” Ladd spent a month in two of those boroughs, Tower Hamlets and Hackney, in order to identify what policies are driving the change.


Meet Sanford's New Core Faculty Members

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The Sanford School has appointed five new members to the core faculty. They include scholars and practitioners, a Sanford alumna and a new leader for a major center.


A Better Way to Evaluate Children and Schools? (Policy 360 Podcast)


There’s a lot of talk in the United States about how to best determine whether or not children are actually learning in our schools. In recent years, under federal No Child Left Behind guidelines, states were required to hold schools accountable for children’s test scores.


The Politics of Climate Change (Policy 360 Podcast)

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Kelly Brownell and Billy Pizer discuss the pros and cons of different policy approaches to climate change, from carbon taxes to cleaner automobiles and renewable energy. They also discuss the potential for these options to succeed given the polarized political landscape.


Counter-Terrorism Expert Q&A on Attack in Nice, France (Prof. David Schanzer)

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On the night of July 14, a man drove a truck through the crowds attending a festival, killing more than 80 people and wounding many more. David H. Schanzer, associate professor of the practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University answered some questions about the attack.


Two Recent Duke Grads Begin Their Hart Fellowships

Two recent Duke graduates will begin their Hart Fellowships the week of July 11.  They will spend the next 10 months abroad, working with host organizations facing complex social, political and humanitarian challenges.


World Health Organization’s TB Care Advice Violated Standards, Researchers Say


The World Health Organization (WHO) violated sound standards of medical care and human rights by nudging poorer countries to follow less expensive, untested and largely ineffective treatment protocols for tuberculosis patients, a new paper by researchers at Duke, Brandeis and Harvard universities argues.


Disarming Honesty: Admitting Bias Makes Doctor Recommendations More Trustworthy

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Your doctor tells you that her advice is biased, because the treatment she’s recommending is in her field of expertise or training. So, you trust that recommendation more than you would if she hadn’t told you she was biased. 


New Manual Identifies Community Policing Strategies to Prevent Violent Extremism

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A new manual designed for police departments identifies a set of promising practices for using community policing to prevent violent extremism. The manual is based on a research project led by David Schanzer, associate professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. The manual includes advice on how police departments can plan and implement a community outreach and engagement program to prevent violent extremism. These techniques can be used to address multiple forms of violent extremism and promote public safety.


News Tip: Obama's Syria Policy ‘An Exceedingly Slow-Motion Train-Wreck,’ Expert Says

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More than 50 State Department officials have signed an internal memo criticizing President Obama’s strategy in Syria and calling for more military action by the United States. Duke political scientist Peter Feaver, a former White House national security adviser, writes about the letter in a Foreign Policy blog scheduled to post Friday.  


Hunt Institute, Duke's Sanford School Team Up to Advance Education Policy

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The James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy (Hunt Institute) is joining forces with Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy to pursue research, educational partnerships and events related to improving education policy. “This partnership between the Sanford School at Duke and the Hunt Institute unites the legacies of two of North Carolina’s most transformative governors and creates new opportunities to connect research and practice in the most vital areas of education policy,” said Duke President Richard H. Brodhead.